A paragraph about the first 5 things you do when you wake up in the morning or reasons a student could have a part time job?

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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If I were you, I would first decide which question you feel more comfortable with.  You could easily answer either, which may be the intent of your instructor, as you (the writer) can relate to either topic. When writing, it's always important to know something about your topic.

Once you decide the topic sentence you want to write about, you already have the first sentence of your paragraph—provided by your teacher. The next thing you need to do is decide how to organize either the five things you do when you wake, or the multiple reasons a student could have a part-time job.

In organizing your information, you have several choices. One way is to list things in chronological order.

In chronological order or time order, items, events, or even ideas are arranged in the order in which they occur.

If you write about the five things you do when you wake, you could list them in the order they are done. This organization could, however, start with the least important action and lead to the most important action.

[O]rder of importance. In this pattern, items are arranged from least important to most important.

Reasons that a student could work part-time could be organized by the order of importance or general-to-specific reasons (or vice versa: specific-to-general).

Since you are only writing a paragraph, no kind of conclusion is necessary.

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maureenmariscal | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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Choose which of these two prompts you wish to write about.  Remember a complete paragraph should include a topic sentence, several detail sentences explaining the subject, and a concluding sentence which should mirror the topic sentence but use different words.  Join the detail sentences in the middle with transition words such as first, next, then, after that and finally.  Avoid common words such as "good" and slang words.  Spell check and read out loud to yourself before submitting.

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